sustainable sean

SeanI learned my first lessons in respecting people and the environment from my grandmother, Rosie, while growing up on a small family farm in Nebraska. As the son of a zoological park administrator, I also learned first-hand the art and science of preserving biological and cultural diversity from an early age. I can communicate in six languages and have a unique combination of science, business, and nonprofit credentials that include Bachelor of Science degrees in animal behavior and conservation biology, a Master of Arts in Policy Studies in which I focused on conservation finance and human health & environment in international trade and development, 14 years in the corporate world, and over 20 years in the nonprofit sector. I've had the opportunity to take part in field research projects throughout the world including song sparrows and terrestrial amphibians in Washington State, investigating conservation programs in zoological parks throughout the former Soviet Union, studying snow leopard ecology in Ladakh, India, and evaluating the population status of Sandhill cranes in Cuba. In business, my 14 year tenure at Seattle-based fashion retailer Nordstrom included positions in sales, corporate human resources, information technology, and sustainable business and development. In 1995, I also served as international expert on Russian venture capital funds following an internship at the Foundation for Russian/American Economic Cooperation. In 2003, I co-founded the Sustainable Style Foundation (SSF) with good friend and Nordstrom alum Rebecca Luke and served as SSF's first Executive Director. From 2005 to 2007 I worked at Harborview and UW Medical Centers in human resources and then attended graduate school at UW Bothell until June of 2009 when I received my Masters degree. As of July 2009, I now manage the Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety at the University of Washington where, in addition to many Center projects, I continue to lead two interdepartmental initiatives at the UW focused on sustainability in healthcare: SAM and MESH. Along the way, I have served on the boards of many nonprofits including the International Snow Leopard Trust, the YMCA Earth Service Corps, the Metrocenter YMCA, and Sustainable Seattle. In all my free time, I train for modern pentathlon events and continue to maintain several blogs including Future-ish, Haberdash for Humanity, and Brothers After All.

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